Sometimes it’s hard for me to know when to post an item here about some bit of stadium news, and when it seems like it’d just be playing into the spin going on in the rest of the media. For example, how to deal with this weekend’s spate of articles about how Minnesota Vikings stadium talks are ongoing but not accomplishing much yet?
How about we try wading through the sea of verbiage to pick out only anything that’s actual news? Like:
- Using so called “Legacy Amendment” funds, from a statewide sales tax for arts and other projects passed in 2008, is still under consideration by Gov. Mark Dayton, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Also, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Dayton says he’s “not for the Legacy funds.” But also not against using them.
- Dayton still plans to call a special session of the state legislature for the week of November 21, according to Minneapolis Public Radio. According to the Associated Press, he hasn’t decided on calling a special session yet, because “You can’t ask people to make a decision when they don’t have the facts.”
- Dayton is okay with a stadium either in Arden Hills or Minneapolis, saying, “Any site, as long it’s in Minnesota, remains my determination.”
- The governor thinks that the only choices are large public subsidies for a stadium or the team moving elsewhere. “You can’t say you’re for the stadium but you’re not for any reasonable means of financing it,” he said. Those who are opposed to public funding, he charged, “want the Vikings to leave Minnesota and go somewhere else.”
Add it all up, and you get … okay, not a whole heck of a lot. Except that Gov. Dayton really really wants to be seen as supporting the Vikings stadium effort, but is going to leave it to the legislature to decide which unpopular tax scheme to hang their hat on. If I had to bet, I’d still put my money on “reply hazy, ask again later” as the likely outcome of this month’s talks — though “later” could be as soon as the next regular legislative session in the spring.